Women have indeed come a long way

By Nancy Ball


Dear Editor:

Nov. 7 will mark the 125th anniversary of Colorado women winning the right to vote and also the right to run for office. That date in 1893 saw passage of the first state referendum granting women's suffrage in U.S. history, and the amendment was co-sponsored by a Montrose County representative, J.T. Heath. The following year, three Colorado women became the first women in U.S. history to be elected to any legislature when they were elected to the Colorado House of Representatives!

By looking at the 2018 election scene, it is obvious how far women have come in the political process. But that process needs to be protected, so the League of Women Voters continues to fight against voter suppression to ensure access to the ballot, works to increase voter turnout to protect our democratic republic, and strives to empower voters through education and advocacy.

Thanks to the "unsinkable" Margaret (Mollie) Tobin Brown and the Colorado Non-Partisan Equal Suffrage Association who helped to secure Colorado women's voting rights 27 years before the passage of the 19th Amendment.

We Coloradans are VERY fortunate to reside where mail-in ballots make voting so easy!

Nancy Ball
Secretary
League of Women Voters of Montrose County, Serving Montrose and
Delta counties